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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; a edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439196834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439196830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barney Stinson is awesome. He works for a powerful bank in New York City but somehow finds time to “suit up” and help the less fortunate, in particular his lovelorn and all together pathetic bro Ted Mosby—seriously, that dude’s got probs. When Barney’s not staging private bikini calendar shoots, test-driving tanks, or elbow-deep in another legendary activity, like riding a tiger bareback or blowing up a guitar, he can be seen on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother with his friends Ted, Robin, Lily, and Marshall.

Matt Kuhn is a staff writer for the CBS hit show How I Met Your Mother and also produces Barney’s Blog for the show’s website. He lives in Los Angeles, California, which is conveniently where he works.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

WHAT IS THE PLAYBOOK?

The Playbook provides a plenitude of plays to profit the persistent player. Contained within these pages are every scam, con, hustle, hoodwink, gambit, flimflam, stratagem, and bamboozle I’ve ever used or ever hope to use to pick up chicks and give them the business. Now, in an act of selfless charity, I’m passing this treasure of pleasure on to you as an easy-to-follow guide.

Included in this collection are more than seventy-five schemes that are guaranteed to attract all kinds of women, no matter how sorrowful your social skills are. Best of all, most of the plays require no experience and little to no preparation, so you have almost everything you need to get started right away. Almost: 83% of the plays will necessitate at least a few yards of aluminum foil, so before you get cracking you’d be wise to buy in bulk at your local big-box store or discount warehouse retailer.

With so many other pickup programs available on the market today, you might be wondering what makes The Playbook unique. First of all, I created this program, so you know it’s gonna be awesome. Second, I’ve slept with enough hotties to overbook a commercial airliner (several of them on a commercial airliner, what up?) and only once had to wear eyeliner and a goofy hat to do it … and that was only because this chick had been in a coma since 1983 and pretending to be Boy George was such an obvious layup.

Last, and most important, other seduction methods preach “social dynamics” in which you insult women in an attempt to attract them. I find that approach both demeaning and offensive. Rather than degrade women, The Playbook centers on the profound, positive, and personal changes you can make to trick hot sluts into sleeping with you.

HOW DOES THE PLAYBOOK WORK?

The plays in this book are scientifically calibrated to excite the female sex nodes enough to make her actually consider having sex with a stranger. This strategy flies in the face of conventional wisdom, because for countless millennia men were led to believe that women were not interested in casual sex. We were told their libido had been replaced with the urge to have children, make dinner, and discover the planet’s cutest handbag. But recent evidence suggests that women enjoy sex almost as much as finding a Christian Dior clutch in white croc at 30% off.

Now, thanks to science, we can generate a clearer picture of what women are looking for in a sexual partner. After years of in-depth field research (very in-depth), I’ve discovered that women are sexually aroused by four primary factors:

  1. Money

  2. Fame

  3. Vulnerability

  4. Emotional and spiritual fulfillment

Obviously, number four is right out the window. Seducing a woman by satisfying her on an emotional level is difficult, time-consuming, and quite frankly, unrewarding.

Therefore The Playbook focuses on transforming you into someone who reflects some or all of those first three qualities. If you’re wondering why you have to change who you are, consider this: is a woman more likely to sleep with a loser like you or an underwater bomb diffuser who grew up in an orphanage? It’s just science.

Using all this information, here’s a composite sketch of what women might consider the most sexually attractive man ever.

Don’t worry, The Playbook will never ask you to dress up like this bozo. You’ll be asked to dress up like a fireman or a football player but never at the same time.

HOW TO USE THE PLAYBOOK

As you flip through The Playbook you’ll notice that each play is presented in an easy-to-follow recipe format. This is done so that even a chump like you has a shot at glory. Immediately following the title of the play is a profile box that presents the following quick reference information:

  1. Success Rate— the likelihood of “completing” the play

  2. Attracts—the type of chick the play is designed to ensnare

  3. Requirements—the props and/or special talents you’ll need

  4. Prep Time—how much time you need to invest in the play

  5. Bummers—potential negatives to running the play, other than “might totally fail”

Following the profile box are the numbered steps for each play. Simply follow them word for word with absolutely no deviation and you’ll get laid. Maybe.

Now, before you flip to a page and start trying out plays on random chicks, there are three things you need to consider.

LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.

While most plays can be performed at a party or in your local bar, I recommend you workshop these plays elsewhere when you’re just getting your feet wet—if you have any hope of getting other areas wet. Beta-testing a play in a foreign environment safeguards you from any emotional damage, physical harm, or heaven forbid, your bros giving you crap for striking out.

MAD PROPS

Some of the plays entail wardrobe elements or other accessories that might not be readily available about the home. Therefore it’s a good idea to establish a relationship with a local party or costume shop owner. A good one will let you sample their wares at little to no cost if you promise to promptly return them. As a show of appreciation and good faith you should take extra care not to damage the costume, even as you’re climbing out the window of a girl you just duped into sleeping with you. It’s called integrity.

SKILL LEVEL

Some of the plays require a considerable amount of game while others entail almost no effort whatsoever … like The Michael Jordan or The Saudi Prince. The Playbook presents plays in increasing order of difficulty so that you can take baby steps on your way to baby-making steps™. This is done for safety. If you tried to run an advanced play like The Land Mine Whisperer without the proper experience, you could wind up seriously hurting your chances of getting laid. It’s important to identify your skill level before getting started. That’s why I’ve included the following ASS Test, or Aptitudinal Seduction Skills Test.

ASS TEST
(APTITUDINAL SEDUCTION SKILLS TEST)


Answer the following five questions and then use the secret decoder table to determine your player level.

  1. What’s the first thing you say to a chick?

    A. “I’m awesome.”

    B. “Hi. How are you?”

    C. “Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

  2. When you go out, you usually wear

    A. a suit. Duh.

    B. a shirt with a collar, designer denim, dressy shoes—nothing too fancy.

    C. Cheetos-stained jeans, sandals, and a hysterically ironic screen-print T-shirt.

  3. A woman’s coming over to your place. You

    A. quickly usher the chick from last night off the premises.

    B. scramble to clean up the place and hide any porn.

    C. ask your parents to seriously respect the No Trespassing sign on your door this time.

  4. How many ladies have you been with?

    A. please.

    B. I’d rather not say.

    C. probably, like, a million.

  5. In the above picture, you are most likely

    A. chatting up that fine illustration of a chick.

    B. sitting with your bros debating which ladies to approach and how—a process that will continue until last call, when you skulk home sad and alone.

    C. not pictured. You were going to go out with your bros but got caught up in an epic World of Warcraft PvP with some kid in Korea … and you totally would have pwned that noob with just a Vindicator’s Brand (Mongoose enchant) if the server hadn’t crashed.

PLAYER LEVEL

Give yourself 5 points for every A, 3 points for every B, and 1 point for every C.

23–25Don Juan16–22Don Johnson10–15Don King5–9Don Knotts
THE HISTORY OF THE PLAYBOOK

While the collection of plays presented here hails from the incomparable mind of Barney Stinson, it is by no means a new endeavor. In fact, devising schemes to seduce women has been man’s primary occupation since before the dawn of history. The proof exists in prehistoric cave paintings.

Cavemen would return home from a hunt carrying one of their buddies, Urk, on their shoulders. They would describe through spirited reenactment what a “dangerous” kill it was and how Urk bravely climbed atop the saber-toothed tiger or mastodon or triceratops or whatever. To help sell the story, they drew pictures of the event on the wall using charcoal and ochre.

Thanks to his bros, Urk would score some major cave tail that night while the others played “rock rock rock” to decide who would be the next day’s hero (Urk became ineligible for a week). On the next hunt the men would quickly kill an animal and then spend the rest of the day choreographing the big reenactment and arguing over which cave chicks would look the best clothed. Creating the myth of the all-day hunt served two purposes for cavemen: it got one guy some easy action and got the rest out of a full day of gathering and nagging.

While The Hero of the Hunt is as old as The I Discovered Fire, it’s actually not the oldest trick in the book. That would be The I Love You—which of course had an extra level of complexity before the invention of language.

Surprisingly, the next attempt to record plays didn’t occur until the thirteenth century, when monks spent their entire lives writing down seduction scenarios in collections called illuminated manuscripts. Tragically, ...

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Customer Reviews

This book is very funny.
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If you're a HIMYM fan and think Barney Stinson is hilarious you'll enjoy this book.
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Really funny book and it came in perfect conditions!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Matthews on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a hilarious read, another gem from the 'How I Met Your Mother' series. The "plays" Barney Stinson uses to pick up women would not work on a girl with half a brain in real life, but nevertheless, it's fun to think about trying to pull off some of these moves on girls. You take it for what it is-- a great extension of a great episode of the show. The ones featured on the show are there: "The Mrs. Stinsfire", "The My Penis Grants Wishes", "The Cheap Trick", "The Scuba Diver", "The He's Not Coming", "The Snasa", "The Don't Drink That!", "The Ted Mosby", "The Scuba Diver", and among others, my personal favorite, "The Lorenzo Von Matterhorn."

There are exactly 76 plays broken down into sections from the basic to the advanced. Each play has its own fact sheet. You're given a success rate, what type of woman the play attracts, the requirements to perform the play, the prep time, and the "bummers", which is a way of saying "but here's the catch."
From there, the play is broken down into steps. The rest is self-explanatory.
I won't explain any of the new plays in detail, but I'll give you a couple play names so as to build a little intrigue:
- "The Little Orphan Barney"
- "The Ghost"
- "The Mannequin"
- "The Confused Inheritor"
- "The Ballet Defector"
- "The Vampire"
- "The I Can Land This Plane"
- "The Trojan Lesbian"
- "The Ghost Of Christmas Future"

It carries much of the same type of humor as 'The Bro Code.' It follows common stereotype assumptions of men and women, leaves little remarks, anecdotes and/or tips at the end of some plays (and in between) and extensively uses sarcasm to make very obvious points. If you're a fan of 'The Bro Code', I highly recommend picking this up.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BBB on October 27, 2010
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How could you not love this stuff. Too funny. The HIMYM writers are great. Love the show. Love the books. Barney is great. Ted is a tool. See if you can find this at like half price books or something. I know it's really cheap already but still... It's such a fast funny read you can easily read the entire thing in the bathroom in one morning. Borrow it from a Bro.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Regina Phalange on June 30, 2011
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Barney Stinson is the greatest character on How I Met Your Mother, no doubt about it. This book simply provides more for those Barney fans who can't get enough of him on the show. However, it is not as good as "The Bro Code" so I only rated it a four star item. Pick this up if you like the Bro Code!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Jackson on February 5, 2011
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Ask yourself this: Do you like suits? Do you like hot women with Daddy issues, low self-esteem, and an equally low I.Q. to match? How about being AWESOME? Then The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome. is for you! Recommended for for all bros looking to score. Buy it- it's going to be LEGEN- wait for it -
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on February 11, 2011
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Barney Stinson is a genius of a man, and I owe my life to him and his wonderful methods of scoring chicks. Cheers to you, good sir.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joey on January 31, 2013
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Having many years experience in human physcology both in practice and rigourus study out on the field i have come to the conclusion that the ideas pertained within this book are very practical and easy to apply, and have also calculated a 99.69% success rate two out of three times, everytime. thats why i give my professional recomendation to trying these plays word for word...... Very entertaining and fun read, highly recomend to barney fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arda on February 1, 2011
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Amazing book. Ideal for reading while traviling as it only takes an hour or so to read the whole thing. As an alternative you can read it again when you're drinking with your friends start laughing about it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hwy61Joe on December 14, 2010
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The Play:

Step One: Buy the book.

Step Two: Read the book.

Step Three: Laugh.
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